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BUS 300 GW : Business Communication for Professionals - GWAR

Prerequisites: Upper division standing; ENG 214 with grade of C- or better; majors only.
Description: Written and oral fundamentals of business communication; hands-on experience creating common formats of written and oral communication at the standard expected of business professionals; ethical and legal implications of business communication. (ABC/NC grading only)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BUS 320 : Legal Aspects of Business Transactions

Prerequisites: BUS/ENG 214 recommended.
Description: Rights and obligations arising out of common business transactions such as contracts, agency, employment, business organizations, and negotiable instruments. Consideration of the law related to investors, including securities law and the professional and legal responsibilities of accountants.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BUS 360 : Business Communication

Prerequisites: COMM 150 and ENG 214 or equivalent with grades of C- or better and upper division standing. Enrollment priority for Business majors.
Description: Written and oral communication including theory, business writing, oral reports, problem-solving, data analysis, use of visual aids in communication, and ethical/legal issues.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

BUS 440 : Ethics at Work: Business Impacts

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Analysis of applied ethical theory, decision-making and practice to workplace issues in business and related organizations using interactive learning case studies, class exercises, and student presentations.
General Education:
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BUS 450 : Greening of Business

Prerequisites: ENG 214, COMM 150.
Description: Impact of business firms on the natural environment; forces driving businesses to become environmentally sustainable and types of approaches businesses are taking to respond to environmental issues.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Preservation of a Livable Environment
  • Segment III Cluster - Exploring the Future: Next 20 Years
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BUS 682 : Seminar in the Environment of Business

Prerequisites: Upper division standing; BUS 360 (or BUS 300, or DS 660), and MGMT 405, all with grades of C- or better.
Description: Evolution of business and its interaction with the political, legal, social, and ethical environments. Effects of environment upon managing the business enterprise. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BUS 690 : Seminar in Business Policy and Strategic Management

Prerequisites: Grade of C- or better in BUS 360, FIN 350, DS 412, MKTG 431, MGMT 405, ISYS 363 (ACCT 307); and upper division standing.
Description: Capstone seminar in business policy and strategic management. Case studies provide background for organizational and functional problems. Emphasizes international environment. Solutions (oral and written) include implementation and methods of quantifiable evaluations. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BUS 699 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor, adviser, and department chair.
Description: Intensive problem analysis under the direction of a business faculty member. Open only to upper division students who have demonstrated ability to do independent work. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 1-3

BUS 714 : Elements of Business Writing

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status in business.
Description: For students who do not meet minimum written English proficiency. Integrated basic writing skills with principles of business writing and organizational communication. May not be used to meet master's degree ATC requirements. (CR/NC grading only.)
Units: 3

BUS 776 : Data Analysis for Managers

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status in business.
Description: Spreadsheet-based statistical tools to support decision making in operations, finance, marketing; graphical and descriptive tools for data analysis, correlation, regression, estimation, probability distributions, hypothesis testing. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BUS 780 : Financial Accounting

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Survey of financial accounting including relevant standards and concepts. Preparation and use of financial statements; measurement and reporting of financial information to external parties. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BUS 782 : Information Systems for Management

Prerequisites: Enrollment priority for graduate students in business, and computing and business.
Description: Information systems and their use in business management. Information technology for managers, role of different types of information systems in businesses, common information systems, problem solving, and application development. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BUS 783 : Economics for Managers

Prerequisites: DS 510 or equivalent mathematical literacy; ECON 101 and ECON 102 [formerly ECON 100] or equivalent economics literacy. Enrollment priority for graduate students in business, and computing and business.
Description: Macroeconomic and microeconomic environments within which businesses operate. Applications of intermediate level economic theory to business operations and management decisions on a local, national, and multinational basis. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BUS 784 : The Political, Social, and Legal Environment of Business

Prerequisites: Enrollment priority for graduate students in business, and computing and business.
Description: Contemporary social, political, and legal issues that demonstrate the mutual impacts of economic and non-economic institutions both here and abroad. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

BUS 785 : Financial Management

Prerequisites: BUS 780 and BUS 776. Enrollment priority for graduate students in business, and computing and business.
Description: Using valuation as the theme, the course covers the conceptual, analytical, and institutional aspects of financial decision making. Specific topics include valuation models, required rate of return, modern portfolio theory, factor models, capital structure and budgeting, financial and real options.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Summer 2014

BUS 786 : Operations Analysis

Prerequisites: BUS 776.
Description: Production managment and control with related computer applications: production and distribution planning, inventory control, and demand forecasting. Quantitative analysis. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BUS 787 : Marketing Management

Prerequisites: Enrollment priority for graduate students in business, and computing and business.
Description: Introduction to basic marketing concepts, principles, theories and techniques. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BUS 788 : Management Principles and Organizational Behavior

Prerequisites: Enrollment priority for graduate students in business, and computing and business.
Description: Management, organization theory, and behavioral analysis applied to conventional management problems in domestic and international environments. (Plus-minus letter grade only.) [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BUS 857 : Business Management, Ecology, and Environmental Leadership

Prerequisites: None
Description: Impact of business organizations on the natural environment. Approaches to effectively respond to environmental issues.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BUS 859 : International Business Negotiating

Prerequisites: Six units in SF State graduate program.
Description: Development of intercultural negotiating skills through cases involving protagonists, organizational contexts, and situations. This course is offered as BUS 859 and IBUS 859. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

BUS 867 : Graduate Internship in Business

Prerequisites: BUS 700 series, consent of instructor, and an internship in business.
Description: Analysis of actual experience in a business field. Organization and operation evaluated with respect to management theories. Individual study and conferences with instructor. May be repeated once for a total of 2 units.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Summer 2014

BUS 881 : Financial and Managerial Accounting

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status; admission to off-campus M.B.A.
Description: Preparation and use of corporate financial and managerial accounting information. Measurement and reporting of financial statements. Use of managerial accounting information in planning, control, decision making, and cost management.
Units: 4

BUS 882 : Seminar in Advanced Computer Applications and Information Systems for Management

Prerequisites: Admission to off-campus M.B.A. program and elementary calculus.
Description: Information systems architectures and internet/intranet sites in information technology (IT) strategy, N-tier IT solutions development tools, and project management methodology for IT solutions. In-depth treatment of IT solution specifications, IT architecture development, IT development tools, and IT infrastructure. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 4

BUS 883 : Economics for Managers

Prerequisites: Graduate standing.
Description: Micro- and macroeconomic analysis for business decisions. Numerical, geometric, and essay applications of intermediate-level economic theory to business operations and management decisions on a local, national, and global basis. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 4

BUS 884 : The Political, Social, and Legal Environment of Business

Prerequisites: Graduate standing.
Description: Role and impact of business in society. Contemporary social, political, legal, and ethical issues that demonstrate mutual impact of economic and non-economic institutions both domestically and abroad. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BUS 885 : Corporate Financial Management

Prerequisites: BUS 881, BUS 886; admission to off-campus M.B.A.
Description: Financial management. Corporate finance: financial statement analysis, valuation, capital budgeting, capital structures, dividend policy, and risk management. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 4

BUS 886 : Seminar in Statistics and Operations Analysis

Prerequisites: Admission to off-campus M.B.A. program and elementary calculus.
Description: Operations planning and control and related computer applications. Elements of probability and statistics, quality management, inventory control, project management, and demand forecasting. Quantitative analysis and computer applications. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 4

BUS 887 : Strategic Marketing Management

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status; admission to off-campus M.B.A.
Description: Strategic marketing management: the development, evaluation and implementation of marketing plans for product-markets. Strategic decisions, decisions which have a long-term impact on the organization.
Units: 4

BUS 888 : Managing Organizational Change

Prerequisites: Graduate standing.
Description: How organizations evolve, how they are structured and designed, and how they function. Provides a basis for the application of practical models to increase organizational effectiveness. Diagnosis of organizational problems, management of change, and influence on organizational structure. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 4

BUS 890 : Culminating Experience in Strategic Management

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and approval of Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Culminating Experience (CE) forms by Graduate Studies.
Description: Case study analysis as a culminating experience option in fulfillment of the requirements for the master's degree. Strategy formulation, implementation, techniques and decision-making in the context of the economic, social, political and competitive global environment. (ABC/NC grading; RP allowed.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

BUS 895 : Research Project in Business

Prerequisites: Minimum 12 units of 800-level business course; consent of instructor and of Business graduate office; approval of Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Culminating Experience (CE) forms by Graduate Studies.
Description: Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Proposal for Culminating Experience Requirement forms must be approved by the Graduate Division before registration. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Summer 2014

BUS 898 : Master's Thesis

Prerequisites: Minimum 12 units at the 800 level; consent of instructor and of Business graduate studies office; approval of Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Culminating Experience (CE) forms by Graduate Studies.
Description: Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Proposal for Culminating Experience Requirement forms must be approved by the Graduate Division before registration.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Summer 2014

BUS 899 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor, adviser, and department chair.
Description: Intensive study of a particular problem under the direction of a business faculty member. Open only to graduate students of demonstrated ability to do independent work. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 1-3
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